Could my keyless entry open another car?

The post sparked dozens of comments from RACQ’s followers and some told of similar occurrences.

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The post sparked dozens of comments from RACQ’s followers and some told of similar occurrences.

“Had that happen with a VX Commodore Lumina we owned years ago. Parked beside a VX Monaro in a shopping centre, unlocked the car, both lights flashed,” one user said.

“Happened to me in 2000 in my VT Commodore, at Chermside shopping centre. Thought I was going mad,” said another.

RACQ spokesperson Paul Turner said, while rare, it was possible to open another vehicle with a different keyless entry device.

“On the odd occasion, yes – it can happen, so we understand why our members might be concerned,” Mr Turner said.

“The key fob may allow the car door to open, but with modern technology, since the mid-nineties, there’s another layer of security before the key would let the engine start.”

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Mr Turner said RACQ would look at any instances of theft from these vehicles in a case by case basis.

“We’ve never had a claim like this, but as we’ve seen over the last couple of days, our members say it’s possible. That’s why anyone with policies with RACQ can be assured we’ll look at all the details of these types of claims in detail,” he said.

Mr Turner reminded drivers not to leave valuables inside vehicles.

“We see a lot of claims where opportunistic thieves break into cars after seeing a wallet or a laptop inside – so we urge drivers to have a serious think about what they leave in their car.”